Vancouver Island, Canada
Scotty Hills sang his first payed recording session when he was just four-years-old. As a child, he was exposed to the contrasting styles of musical parents; his mother, an R&B vocalist, and his father a country/ folk songwriter. This contrast would shape Hill’s musical path.
At seventeen, Hills left his hometown of Saskatoon. His first foraying into life as a professional musician came as a drummer, singer, and songwriter. He played a pivotal role with many Canadian blues bands,
earning nominations and wins of Juno, WCMA, and Maple Blues Awards.
Practically raised on the road, Hills travelled extensively through the mid Western States, Canada, and many European countries. Through his travels, he came to realize his own voice as a roots/urban artist, and would soon land in Calgary to record his sophomore album Year of Septembers, before moving to Vancouver Island to study jazz in 2011.
This LP sent Hills’ career on a trajectory that opened unexpected doors, including signing a deal with Ole Majorly Indie (the world's largest independent music publisher) in 2013. This lead to a series of sessions at legendary Westlake Studios in LA, writing in a urban/pop song camp for Rianna under the RocNation label. This collaborating established ongoing relationships with A-list artists including Jerrod Bettis (One Republic, Serena Ryder, Adele) and Haley Rheinheart (American Idol).
Many memorable career highlights include collaborations with Jordan Cook(ReignWolf), Shaun Verreault, Hubert Sumlin(Howlin’ Wolf), Big Leeves (Jacksoul), and Tony Green (the Dramatics, Snoop Dogg, Dre, George Clinton). Performance highlights include opening for Teagan and Sarah, Los Lobos, North Mississippi All Stars, The Skydiggers, Taj Mahal and Denzel Sinclair. Hills’ is described as a natural blue eyed soul singer that smoothly interprets R&B, jazz, gospel, blues, folk and pop to create his own style, and make it sound as if it’s the only music in that moment that matters.
Abundant highlights fill this recording like a Christmas stocking. Its title track flashes with bluesy, neo-soul brilliance augmented by soaring guitar licks and the kind of falsetto harmonies that would make D'Angelo proud.
- Frank Literco (FFWD Magazine Calgary)